I was a little nervous about making this recipe. Would slow-cooked apples actually taste OK? Would anybody like them?
I shouldn’t have worried. When I handed the slow-cooked apples to my son, Zach, he said, “Oh, this is delightful.” Brittan said they reminded her of when she was a little girl and her great grandma taught her how to bake apples. She didn’t think she’d had them since then. Slow-Cooked Apples with Pecans is a recipe that is perfect for autumn weather. It turns out they are a kind of comfort food and they are tasty!
These aren’t baked–they’re made in the slow cooker which is kind of a load-it-and-forget-it kind of deal, so it doesn’t get much easier than that!
Give them a try and let me know what you think!
The picture shows the ingredients minus 3/4 cup of apple juice or cider. Let’s get into it then!
- 5-7 apples - I used Gala
- ½ cup chopped pecans - fine or course
- ⅓ cup chopped, dried, tart cherries
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon Allspice
- ¾ cup apple juice or apple cider
- 4 Tbsp soft butter
- ¼ tsp pepper (optional)
- pinch of salt (optional)
- Cut centers out of apples, angling slightly at the top to be shaped like a cup
- Cut the bottoms of the apples flat, if necessary, in order for them to stand up straight in the slow cooker
- Mix butter, sugar, pecans, cherries, allspice, and optional salt and pepper until fully combined
- Fill the centers of the apples with the pecan and sugar mixture
- Put apples into a slow-cooker
- Pour ¾ cup of apple juice or cider around the base of the apples
- Cover the slow-cooker and cook apples on Low for 4 hours or until tender
- Serve warm with ice cream